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1 STAR Assessments: Using data to drive your instruction 2012

2 STAR Reading is the only reading assessment to earn the highest possible ratings for both screening and progress monitoring from the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI).National Center on Response to Intervention According to the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI), a reliability level of.60 and higher is good;.80 is very good. – The reliability level of STAR Early Literacy ranged from.86 to.92 – The reliability level of STAR Enterprise exceeds.90 An analysis showed a correlation with these tests that exceeded the guideline provided by NCRTI: – Running Records, the Michigan Literacy Progress Profile, DIBELS, and the Texas Primary Reading Inventory (TPRI) – California Achievement Test, DIBELS, FCAT, Iowa Test of Basic Skills, and Stanford Achievement Test Approved by ODE for teacher evaluation.

3 Purpose: STAR Reading is designed for students who can read independently. It measures students’ reading comprehension and compares their reading achievement to that of students across the nation. The test provides norm-referenced scores for students in grades 1 through 12

4 Frequency Most schools administer the test at least twice—in fall and spring—to get baseline data for each student and to measure growth over the school year. Many schools test more frequently. They use STAR Reading for screening purposes in fall, winter, and spring, and they monitor the progress of students in intervention programs with weekly, biweekly, or monthly testing

5 Scores Reported The most important score that STAR Reading software reports is called the scaled score. It’s a fundamental measure that you can use to see growth over time. A criterion-referenced score tells you how a student is doing relative to a set standard. In the case of STAR Reading, we look at commonly known vocabulary lists that indicate what words students should know per grade. By comparing a student’s test performance to these lists we estimate the student’s Instructional Reading Level (IRL). This score represents the highest grade level at which the student can comprehend 80 percent of the text, and is the level at which the student can be most effectively taught. Norm-referenced scores relate to what students across the nation can actually do. Percentile rank (PR) is one of these scores. A student with a percentile rank of 85, for example, performs better than 85 percent of students nationwide of the same grade at the same time of year. Another norm-referenced score—and one that is often misunderstood—is grade equivalent (GE). This, too, compares a student’s test performance to that of students nationally. For example, a GE of 4.2 means a student is reading at a level comparable to students nationwide who are in the second month of fourth grade.

6 PROCESS: Analyze student performance within a grade Identify needs Plan how to meet those needs Allocate resources across and within grades Select students for intervention

7 Enterprise: Planning Instruction and Diagnosing Difficulties Utilize the Instructional Planning and State Standards report for the student and/or class – Pinpoint MOST IMPORTANT areas and/or areas where you have provided instruction Who is not meeting the benchmark? What resources are you providing? Is your core curriculum strong enough to support 80% of students? Instructional Planning Report State Standards Report Individual Standard Report

8 Caution: When reviewing scores on STAR reports, you may be tempted to think of them as definitive. It would be a great time-saver if we could administer one test and know everything we need to know about a student’s literacy with complete accuracy. We caution you, however, from thinking this way. Instead of relying on a single test, we recommend that you use multiple measures. There are a number of reasons why: – It’s never wise to make an important decision based on one piece of information. In the case of early literacy, additional testing, along with day- today school work, can confirm or contradict a STAR Early Literacy score and indicate whether a student’s poor performance, for example, was due to a true lack of ability or difficulty taking the test itself. – Additional tests will give you more information that you can use to pinpoint instruction. For example, if STAR Early Literacy data indicates that a student is having trouble recognizing beginning consonant sounds, a follow-up test of just that skill can identify which sounds the student does not know. – When deciding whether or not to place a student in intervention, early literacy scores are not the only data that are relevant. Direct observation, examples of the student’s daily work, and data about his or her performance in other intervention settings are also important measures that need to be taken into consideration.

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